The programme is called Twiteho Amagara, which means 'Let's Take Care of our Health'. HealthNet TPO helps people and their communities to be more resilient, so they can build a better life for themselves and those around them. In a country like Burundi this is not a luxury, it is a necessity. Living here is a challenge by itself as the country has been ranked one of the poorest and most challenging places to live.
Twiteho Amagara does this by supporting and strengthening the health system so that it can meet the specific health and psychosocial needs of Burundi's population and respond to humanitarian public health situations and health emergencies. The project increases access to quality health services for all, including sexual and reproductive health, mental health services, nutritional services for mothers and children, and prevention of gender-based violence, targeting youth, adolescents and women.
Niyonzima’s granddaughter was diagnosed with acute malnutrition at 5 months as her mother and grandmother did not have the means for a nutritious diet. Through the Twiteho Amagara project, Niyonzima’s granddaughter received the treatment she needed to get better and Niyonzima and her daughter learned to balance their diet based on the products they already had.
“I spent two hours and twice a week with one of the Mamans Lumiere and today in my house we have regained our smiles. My little girl is well and we are able to eat healthier with the few things we have. I salute the action of the Twiteho Amagara Project. Because of their support, I am able to understand that we could still eat well and balanced from little.”
Within Twiteho Amagara, we are working as part of a consortium for which HealthNet TPO takes the lead. With the help of our partners WeWorld-GVC, Medica Mondiale and Pathfinder International, we implement activities in Cibitoke, Kayanza and Ngozi provinces. Our partners activities complement our own work, covering areas including nutrition and WASH (WeWorld-GVC); educational programmes, support and protection for survivors of sexual and gender-based violence (Medica Mondiale); and training and enhancing of care and specialist services for mothers and new-borns, maternal health and protection and detection of cervical cancer (Pathfinder). Funded by the European Union, the programme is also implemented in the 17 provinces of Burundi, by five consortia composed of INGOs. Over a period of 36 months, this programme will benefit more than 9.7 million people.